Staton Crank Shift Kit

Discussion in '4-Stroke Engines' started by 2old2learn, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. 2old2learn

    2old2learn Member

    I am about to fly to Alaska for three months and am interested in purchasing a mountain bike while I am up there in the Fairbanks area. I am interested in purchasing the Staton Inc. Crank Shift Kit. I plan to drive by their offices in the next few days to visit with them regarding this project. I normally drive road bicycles and have no knowledge of mountain bikes. The Staton kit is best suited for a hard tail but I think I would like one with front and rear disc brakes, front suspension and at least a seatpost suspension with a seat with springs too. David told me that it may work with some full suspension bikes and I will discuss that with him when I go by his offices in Oklahoma City.

    What bikes would you guys suggest. I don't won't to nor need to, spend a small fortune on the bike but would prefer to purchase one that is well built and has earned a good reputation and has parts available. I don't intend to do any serious rock hopping or serious mountain biking on it but will most likely ride on dirt, gravel, and muddy roads and hills that I don't normally ever ride on. I can't see myself doing ramp jumps or downhill races on it. I can see myself doing some mini recontours with camping gear as I explore the wilderness areas around Eielson AFB where I will be working.


  2. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Might be good to see whether you go FS or hardtail. What's a ballpark on your budget?
  3. 2old2learn

    2old2learn Member

    The Kit Is Going To Run About $800 With Shipping( I Suspect) So Depending On What David Stanton Suggests I May End Up Spending $500 Or Less On The Bike As I Don't Mind Purchasing A Good Used Bike. So Brands And Models Are Kinda What I Am Looking For.

  4. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    You mentioned you ride road bikes so many of the same brands will apply, Specialized, Cannondale, some Treks. Marin, Kona GT, Iron Horse, some Giant bikes are decent.

    A few ideas....

    Not sure of what you'll find in the used market in FB when you get there but here's a nice find in a 29er from last Fri.......

    Anchorage is probably a better used market.....a great, vintage Cannondale from today for short money that might be worth bringing back....

    A bike branded with Columbia but IIRC they were made by Iron Horse....

    A nice looking hardtail from Specialized for a not bad price (medium size frame)

    A classic Stumpjumper, I love these bikes, vintage, they don't make them like this anymore, if I were in the area I'd snap this up if it was the right size.

    It's good to get a bike that fits you, I'm 6' and like MTBs with 20" to 23" frames.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011